mini O's 2015- Supercross Champions
250 A Champion- Austin Forkner
After a third place start in the opening main event of Mini O’s Supercross, Austin Forkner quickly navigated his way into the first place spot. For the remainder of the main event Austin attacked the course putting his Dunlop mounted Kawasaki literally anywhere he wanted on the track. Riding with precise aggression, Austin withstood the pressure from heavy title contender Chase Sexton and continued on for the main event Supercross win. The two got close at times however once the lapped riders got involved Forkner was able to sew his way through them with ease and lock down his first championship of Mini O’s in 250 A Supercross action.
250 B Champion- Challen Tennant
Challen Tennant launched to a huge holeshot as 250 B hit the track. Tennant has been on the gas lately, riding with intensity unlike ever before. Tennant styled his way around the track, railing the corners and launching every booter on the Mini O’s Supercross track as far as the limits would let him. Challen led the 250 B main event wire to wire starting his week on a dominant note in a class that is notoriously the most stacked in the field. Tennant took the win comfortably, never facing any pressure from the rest of the field on his way to his first championship of the week in Florida at the Thor Winter Olympics.
250 C Limited Champion- Perry Warren
The #3 of Perry Warren was letting his 2 stroke KTM powered machine sing when the gate dropped swinging wide and clearing a huge holeshot in 250 C Limited. Despite a medical flag allowing the field to close in a bit on lap three, Warren was untouchable on the Mini O’s Supercross track. Perry pushed hard until the very end, gapping the competition and getting out with a clean victory and a Supercross Championship to his credit. Looking for redemption after coming up just short of wins during heat race action, Perry Warren refused to lose when it counted and got himself a shiny new AMA championship plate for his efforts.
Womens 14+ Champion- Kylie Fasnacht
Kylie Fasnacht got things going in the Women 14+ class in second place on the start but after just one lap the #33 Kawasaki ride of Fasnacht was able to work into the lead and begin pulling away from the field. Fasnacht has been tough to beat lately and who would expect it to be any different now, especially in her home state. Kylie’s lead gradually increased lap after lap proving she means serious business on the track, logging lap times that hurt many of the boys feelings this week as well along the way. As she finessed her way to victory, the war behind her for the second and third spots was fierce. Avoiding confrontation, Fasnacht kept her hands clean sneaking away to a strong win over the rest of the blazing fast Women 14+ class.
85 (9-11) Champion- Matthew Leblanc
The 85 (9-11) class put on an exciting show as is always expected when these young guns line up to race. Romano was flying out front early in the moto on the fresh Mini O’s Supercross track making his own lines along the way. Riding conservatively making sure to avoid any big mistakes, he led the way for the 85 (9-11) class around the course early on. This allowed Matt Leblanc to close in however and the last lap battle for the win was on. Leblanc pushed the issue all lap long, constantly forcing Romano to change up his lines and ride out of his comfort zone. Matt never gave up and made the pass stick on the inside just two corners before the finish to steal the championship in dramatic fashion on his Dunlop backed #329 KTM ride.
45+ Class - John Grewe
After rounding the first turn in second behind Carsten, John Grewe snuck his way into first and another Grewe vs. Carsten battle ensued. The two were pushing each other hard, working through the traffic and man made Supercross obstacles at a wicked pace compared to the rest of the field. Setting a fast pace for the rest of the 45+ class to match, these guys put up some solid numbers lap after lap. Cartsen Stuck Grewe just after the Diggity single and let the #70 see what the back of his jersey looked like for a change. Grewe didn’t waver however shutting him down with some amazing inide cornering abilities. Coming down to the final corner John Grewe was able to outlast and take the Supercross Championship.
Supermini 1 (12-15)- Pierce Brown
In what is to be one of his final Supermini appearances, Pierce Brown rocked the Supermini 1 (12-15) main event. Brown was able to capitalize on a few unfortunate events with fellow competitors and work into lead just a few laps in. From that point on Pierce shredded the Mini O’s Supercross track with a moto worth of fluid, controlled laps. Brown had the race under control, never experiencing any challenges from the rest of his tough Supermini competitors. The #63 Red Bull backed rider set the bar high in the 85 and Supermini ranks for the rest of the week and proved with this championship that if he is on the gate it is going to be a fun moto.
51 (7-8) Limited- Dax Bennick
Dax Bennick on the #241 KTM ride locked down the main event holeshot over Jordan Torres and company as the 51 (7-8) class hit the track wide open. Bennick led the entire race as the war behind him waged on. Dax made solid line choices and avoided the pile ups that held up most of his competition and stole himself a national title on the Supercross track and Mini O’s. Fist pumping and hitting his handlebars out of joy, Bennick’s win and championship were just what he needed to leave Florida feeling like the man to beat in the 51 (7-8) division.
51 (4-6) Limited- Drew Adams
Drew Adams has seen a great deal of success in 2015 and he is wrapping up the year on the same positive note. Richards pulled the holeshot as the 51 (4-6) main event got underway but Adams pushed his hardest to keep the competition in check. Drew did all he could to keep it interesting however Richards was on the move on the #316 machine. Navigating the caution flags and lappers at a faster pace paid off for him though, as Adams rode a smart race and was able to edge out the rest of the class taking the top spot with a Supercross Championship here at Mini O’s in a photo finish.
Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C- Challen Tennant
Challen Tennnant was at it again, this time in the Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C class. Pulling another super clean holeshot, Tennant led the pack of high school aged aggressors around the technical Mini O’s Supercross course. Tennant rode at a blistering fast pace, rarely dabbing a foot or losing form as the sprint pushed on at full bore. Tennant’s controlled yet "hang it out" style is really working for him this week in Florida as he seals the deal on his second clean sweep of the day with the Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C national championship.
Girls (12-16)- Jordan Jarvis
Jordan Jarvis was on the gas and looking very impressive during the Girls (12-16) main event. Jarvis led several times throughout the event, sticking the #30 machine in the lead and attacking back every time her competition thought they had something for her. Fending off several charges by Hannah Hodges, Jarvis pushed hard coming together with Hodges on several occasions but managing to take and keep control of the moto and take the main event win. Jarvis has had some tough luck lately so she reset after heat racing and came out with something to prove, doing just that with the national championship win.
Girls (9-11)- Katie Benson
Katie Benson sliced and diced her way to a championship during the Supercross portion of Mini O’s in the Girls (9-11) class. Benson has been very impressive this year, stealing wins at races all across the country. Katie’s performance early during Mini O’s Supercross continues to prove that she is the future of Girls and Womens racing. Katie’s holeshot to checkers earned her another AMA championship plate for the wall.
Senior 45+ -John Grewe
John Grewe and Barry Carsten continued their week long feud as the Senior 45+ class took to the track. John Grewe was hungry for another win, so he was hanging it out during the Senior 45+ event. In an effort to avoid another race long battle with long time competitor Barry Carsten, John worked his hardest to take smooth fast lines and track ahead of the class and that is just what he did. Carsten was close at the end, trying his best to stuff Grewe but John had the momentum and edged him out at the checkers for his second title of the week. Handshakes and fist pumps were exchanged and these guys were back to vacationing with their families right away. This is what racing is all about.
450 A- Austin Forkner
450 A was a barn burner! A full main event of back to back bar banging. Austin Forkner and the #812 of McAdoo seriously went to war on the Mini O’s Supercros track. McAdoo led for a very long time, fending off constant badgering from Forkner however Austin was working the outsides and once he found his passing point he was ready to strike. Once Austin got into the lead, he sprinted at max capacity in an effort to finally breathe. Forkner looked fierce, proving that displacement is no excuse as powered away from the rest of 450 A group and claimed his second national championship of the week in Supercross competition here at Mini O’s.
85 (12-13) Limited- Nate thrasher
Nate Thrasher has been killing the competition this week. Logging some of the quickest 85 (12-13) Limited times around, Nate has been thrashing through the ranks and landing himself a top of the podium quite a bit lately. Racing on a Rides Unlimited backed KTM, Thrasher’s performance during the 85 (12-13) Limited class was more than enough to take home the coveted 85 (12-13) Limited national championship here at Mini O’s Supercross.
Junior (25+) -Ricky Renner
Ricky Renner has been dawning the #1 lately at tracks across the nation, and rightfully so. Renner took control of the Junior 25+ class early on claiming what was his. Ricky has been a busy man lately, traveling abroad and stateside as he continues to create goals and accomplish those dreams on his dirt bike. Renner is hard to beat and seems to have the 25+ divisions under control lately. With the momentum this man is carrying, expect much more out of him as he takes on the A classes and the 25+ class outdoors as well.
Schoolboy 1 (12-13)- Logan Stokes
Logan Stokes was at it again, this time in main event action. Stokes put the #70 Yamaha right where it belongs, out front. Stokes finessed the track, blitzing around Gatorback Cycle Park smooth and controlled. Logan is one of the best in his division at getting the power to the ground, spending minimal time spinning wheels and maximum efforts gaining ground. With Logan’s success so far this week including his Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C championship, look for big things out of the Yamaha pilot as main events continue and Motocross approaches.
65 (10-11)- Matthew Leblanc
Matt Leblanc shredded the Mini O’s Supercross track to bits on Wednesday. Leblanc came in to Supercross expecting to win. With the amount of work and preparation he had put in, his mentality was win at all costs. Matt jumped out to a great start once again putting the #329 KTM into the lead and twisting the throttle off of it afterwards. Leblanc rode controlled the entire moto, showing great speed however never appearing to be on edge. Leblanc’s win marked his second national championship this week coming during the Supercross portion of the event.
65 (7-9) Limited- Nick Romano
Ryder Difrancesco was Freaky Fast…leaping out front and into the top spot right away, true Difrancesco style. Ryder opened up a solid gap early on flowing the #199 Dunlop treaded Kawasaki away from the rough waters behind him where Romano and Deegan were playing. Ryder attacked the track, barely letting off the throttle long enough to make the corners. Ryder evolved with the track, trying different lines when appropriate and continuing to inch away dropping his lap times every time around before hanging up with a lapper. The shark in the water…Haiden Deegan was burning it down back behind the early race leader just waiting for his opportunity to strike. Haiden was lurking fast and after Ryder came together with a lapper and went down Deegan was able to sink his teeth and slide into the top spot. Deegs was at war with fellow 65 (7-9) Limited competitor Nick Romano when he too got tangled up in a rut and went down handing the lead to Romano. Not something you want to do with a super talented Romano... Nick managed to work his way through the tough Supercross track without any further problems and stole the win in a dramatic turn of events resulting in Romano spinning his Dunlop’s all the way the 65 (7-9) Limited national title.
450 B Limited- Nolan Heppner
Nolan Heppner was out on the Mini O’s Supercross track as well showing everyone in attendance what the Yamaha 450 is capable of. Heppner absolutely rips and once he made his way into first place overall that was the end of it for the rest of the 450 B Limited competitors. Nolan’s championship added to the already thick list of Yamaha riders earning podium rides here at the Mini Olympics.
Mini Sr. (12-15)- Ty Masterpool
Ty Masterpool has been very difficult to beat. Masterpool takes advantage of his extremely powerful Yamaha YZ85 machines, ringing them to the max as he rips around the course. Ty’s performances during Supercross have been spot on and despite a few unfortunate instances, he has looked nearly untouchable. Masterpool was on rails during the Mini Sr. (12-15) Limited class, riding in to the top spot of the podium earning himself and Yamaha a national championship when the dust settled.
85 (9-11)- Matthew Leblanc
On both 65cc and 85cc machines one thing is for certain and that is that Matt Leblanc is going to haul the mail on either one. As riders took the gate for the 85 (9-11) class, Matt had one thing on his mind, to win! Leblanc executed his plan just perfectly, making all of the right moves required to stick the #329 KTM 85 into the lead and to take the overall championship here at Mini O’s as Supercross winds down and comes to a close.
450 C Limited- Locky Kennedy
Locky Kennedy was very eager to make up for leaving some food on the table this past week during qualifying racing. In order to do that, he wanted to come out, dominate, and win the main event. Locky was hungry and it showed out on the track, pushing his bike to the edge on multiple occasions as he worked to singe his name into the Mini O championship record books. Kennedy’s race in the 450 C Limited division was one for the ages, making all of the right decisions on the track and grabbing the title over a class full of eager beavers.
250 Pro Sport- Austin Forkner
Austin Forkner has had a pretty solid handle on things in the A class this week. Spending a lot of time testing and burning the knobbiest of his Dunlop tires, Austin’s logged a lot of hours preparing for this season and rightfully so. Touted as one of the best up and coming amateurs to hit the professional scene, Forkner has some big shoes to fill and is wearing them pretty stylish at the moment. Forkner went to war in the 250 Pro Sport event. Riders were going for blood in this moto, eager to make up for previous motos or to improve on a previous finish. With so much on the line for these riders, it’s obvious why they hang out it they way that they do. Forkner was able to make it count on the Mini O’s Supercross track as he took the main event win and national title in the 250 Pro Sport division.
65 (7-9)- Ryder Difrancesco
The #199 Dunlop Tire backed Team Green ride of Ryder Difrancesco has been fierce this week at the Mini O’s. Sporting a clean black and white set up, Difrancesco was the king of the 65 (7-9) division on Wednesday as he took top honors on the Supercross track. Difrancesco has been in the running multiple times this week and was able to pull the trigger and achieve the optimum dream, the national championship in “Freaky Fast” fashion.
250 B- Garrett Marchbanks
Marchbanks and the B class are synonymous…chances are great that if there is a B class on the track, Garrett Marchbanks and the #82 are somewhere near the front of it. Garrett has been on fire, proving that his final days winning in the Supermini classes were no fluke and he is more than capable of repeating it on the big bike. Garrett greased the 250 B competition working to a solid lead and stamping his B class dominance once again on the Mini O’s Supercross track.
250 C- Austin Watling
Austin Watling was the man of the hour in the 250 C class. Watling has been strong all week at the Mini O’s. Prior to coming to Florida, Watling spent some time down at GPF and his preparation is shining bright as he clinched the 250 C championship. As racing got underway for the main event it was the #424 of Austin Watling getting out front and busting his way to the front of pack eventually and he didn’t look back. Racing the track to the best of his ability, Watling was able to guide his Honda to victory and seal the deal on his AMA national title.
450 Pro Sport- Bradley Taft
Yamaha’s Bradley Taft has been the man to beat this week on 450’s. The new Horton Yamaha recruit has been rallying to take Yamaha and Horton to the next level. Taft’s efforts have been greatly rewarded as well as he has seen the front of the pack quite a bit lately. Hashing it out with the rest of the future pro’s, Bradley was able to navigate his way into the lead and earn himself a big win in the 450 Pro Sport class. Taft accredited his win in part to the amazing handling and power of the new Yamaha YZ450f which has lead he and many before him to a slew of victories along the way.
Supermini 2 (13-16)- Jarrett Frye
Jarrett Frye has been on the cusp of something big all week. Frye has stuck his nose in everyone’s business, doing his best to disrupt the rest of the pack’s chances at taking home a title and he was finally able to do during the Supermini 2 (13-16) battle. Frye was on the go all moto long, laying down some serious heat on his way to claiming the AMA national championship down at Gatorback Cycle Park.
450 C- Locky Kennedy
It’s an invasion of the Aussie’s! The C class ranks are loaded with riders from down under and Locky Kennedy is leading the surge. Claiming a big national title after a solid week of fast performances, Kennedy showed the competition nothing but his back and the roost off of his rear wheel this moto. Locky’s aggressive style was more than enough to slide him back into the top overall position in the 450 C division as the checkered flag waved and the battle came to a close.
65 (10-11)- Matthew Leblanc
Matt Leblanc was the predator today, waiting for his prey to succumb to accidents. Leblanc ripped to a top three start and waited for his opportunity to take over the race. Just before coming past the crowd Leblanc was able to pass a downed rider and overtake the lead. Matt’s record today on the Mini O’s Supercross track is phenomenal and his performance in the 65 (10-11) division was no different, amazing the fans with his amazing ability to knife around the track with such speed and agility on the Dunlop tire backed 65 machine.
Mini Sr (12-15)- Max Miller
Max Miller stole the show taking the lead once the gate dropped for the Mini Sr (12-15) class. Miller pushed the #604 machine to it’s limits, keeping his nearest competitors distant for the majority of the main event. Miller has been amazing on the Supercross track, waiting for the perfect chance to stick it all together. Max was faced with an intense battle as the white flag waved, even losing the lead for a about half of the lap. Never giving up, Max Miller remained persistent and was able to secure the lead just before crossing the finish line earning himself the Mini Sr (12-15) national championship.
450 B- Garrett Marchbanks
450 B was a big Kawasaki show, with riders Garrett Marchbanks and Jayce Pennington absolutely taking control of the moto. The Kawasaki duo battled hard going back and forth throughout the moto until Marchbanks was able to make the pass stick and continue moving forward. As the race winded down, the pair separated a bit giving Marchbanks room enough to celebrate as he stole the checkers to take home the 450 B overall win at Mini O’s.
Schoolboy 1 Limited B/C- Marcus Phelps
Marcus Phelps got off to his best start yet, leading the way for the stacked Schoolboy 1 Limited B/C class. Phelps led several laps right off the bat sticking himself into contention very early on. Phelps was on a roll, slinging his KTM 2 stroke around on the freshly prepped Mini O’s Supercross track. Marcus had his hands full, dealing with hard charges from Brock Papi and Carter Halpain however it was nothing more than he could handle. Phelps held on until the end snagging himself a major win in the deep Schoolboy 1 Limited B/C class as Supercross action inched closer to a close.
85 (12-13)- Hardy Munoz
Hardy Munoz of Weston, Florida looked amazing today in 85 (12-13) race action. Munoz piloted the #73 Suzuki RM85 to the front of the pack and battled it out with the best in the 85cc business for several laps until finally claiming the checkers and letting his voice be heard. Hardy came in a bit under the radar however he is leaving Mini O’s Supercross with a huge target on his back now. Expect a lot more action out of Hardy as things continue to heat up during Motocross later this week.
College (16-24)- Justin Cooper
Justin Cooper blasted himself onto everyone’s radar at Loretta Lynn’s leaving with some big titles earlier this year. Carrying a lot of momentum through the rest of the season, Cooper and the #19 Yamaha have been very impressive. Whether two stroke or four, Cooper knows only one way to ride and that is wide open. Justin lined up one last time during Supercross, this time in the College (16-24) class. As the laps clicked off and the order was shuffled several times, Justin Cooper was able to plug himself into the top spot and never look back. Inching out some of the fastest amateurs in the nation, Cooper made Yamaha very proud adding yet another win to their already long list of championships.
51 94-8) Limited- Haiden Deegan
Haiden Deegan and his on track skill have been proving to be steps ahead of his competitors. Deegan went off in the final moto of the day, littering his opponents with roost all moto long. Despite starting behind the lead position, Haiden worked his way up front quickly showing the rest of the boys in the group the business. Stealing the final win of Supercross racing, Haiden ended things on a positive note landing his #238 KTM in the first place overall position heading into motocross with a ton of momentum.
Schoolboy- Chase Sexton
The boy from La Moille really isn’t anything to mess with…Chase Sexton is one bad dude. Now a member of the elite Amsoil Honda crew, Sexton is on the fast track to success and is going to blitz it to the top. Following championships in Texas at both Freestone and Oak Hill in the 250 B class as well as a slew of impressive Schoolboy finishes Chase landed himself a secure spot on the gate at Loretta’s. When push came to shove at the Ranch, Sexton wrestled his way into second place overall in 250 B leaving Tennessee one spot shy of the national championship. Sexton’s debut ride aboard the red machine was recently at the Monster Energy Cup and he seemed to be right at home, pushing Austin Forkner’s comfort zone at times before settling into second place overall in the Amateur All-Stars class in front of eyes across the world.
85cc- Jalek Swoll
It’s almost hard to believe Florida’s Jalek Swoll didn’t top the Dirty 100…if it weren’t for such deep pools of talent that might have been the case. Regardless, Swoll cleaned house in the 85 and Mini Sr. ranks in 2015. Swoll’s pair of wins at the Mini Olympics in Supercross set the tone for what would follow to be a year full of big highlights for the elite Seven amateur athlete. The Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross went just the same for Jalek. Wrapping up big wins in the Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) and Mini Sr. 2 (12-14) classes, Jalek has been absolutely blazing aboard his Husqvarna’s. A big first place overall at the bosses race down in Freestone certainly didn’t hurt to add to his resume, leaving Texas with another Mini Sr. 2 title to his name and a bit more momentum when he gets the ball rolling in 2016.
65cc- Chase Prince
Petersburg, Tennessee’s Chase Prince has been busting through the Dirty 100 ranks as he climbs his way through the talented 65 and 85 ranks. Prince proved with a top five last year at Mini O’s that he could get in the mix. A breakthrough performance at the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross with a third place overall in the 65 (7-11) Open class put him on the map for real and Prince is now ready to claim his throne! Leaving Loretta Lynn’s with a podium in the 65 (10-11) Limited class and a strong fifth place overall in the (7-11) division, Chase put in his very best effort along the way in his home state. Prince has been busy racking up more wins in the Big Show Series lately, honing his skills for whatever comes his way in 2016!
250/450- Lorenzo Locurcio
Lorenzo Locurcio has had quite a year in 2015. From Loretta Lynn’s to the MX des Nations, Locurcio has seen and ridden it all. Earning a long list of highly commendable results aboard his Yamaha’s this year has him sitting in a very nice position for the upcoming season. Lorenzo raced a lot of places this year, traveling and experiencing different terrains across America and different types of riders. His best results were two huge wins at Mini O’s and the California Classic in two separate classes. After taking the Mini O’s in the B class…it was time to step up with the big boys in California and Lorenzo shined bright winning the Open Pro Sport division. Locurcio wasn’t done yet however, as he pushed his way onto the extremely stacked 250 A podium at the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals as well as a respectable fourth overall in the 450 A class capping off yet another amazing year in his motocross career.
Two-Stroke- Derek Drake
Derek Drake is a freak on his KTM machines. Drake finalized and put the finishing touches on a great Supermini career this year and the big bike horizon is shining brightly for the young #33. Drake won at races all across the country ranging from Oak Hill, Mammoth Mountain Motocross, to the Dodge amateur national where he took a pair of wins in the Schoolboy 1 (12-15) and 125 B divisions. Drakes dominance and raw ability on the bike shines at all times and once he’s got a bit more seat time on the big bikes he will be ripping his way to more and more wins on the same regular basis he and his bike are used to.
Supermini- Justin Rodbell
Prince Frederick, Maryland’s Justin Rodbell made waves in the Supermini division during the 2015 race season. Rodbell knocked out several top ten performances at Mini O’s almost breaking onto the podium in Supermini 1 (12-15) during Supercross. After a very impressive Loretta’s qualifying effort, Justin made it count pulling into third place overall in Supermini 2 (13-16) as well as a fourth in Supermini 1 (12-15) moving himself up the Dirty 100 as well as in the mini bike ranks!
250/ 450- Jordan Bailey
Jordan Bailey’s season aboard the Kawasaki KX250f has been a pretty good run so far. Bailey was on the gas during his last trip to Mammoth Mountain sealing fifth place finishes in 250 B and in 250 B/C Open before making the journey back east to race Loretta Lynn’s. Bailey was on the gas in Tennessee nearly scoring a podium with fourth overall in 250 B! Bailey has been an elite amateur rider for some time now and after recent performances down in Florida in the Gold Cup Series he’s sure to keep beating down doors in the seasons to come.
Two Stroke- Harrison West
Lebanon, Tennessee’s Harrison West is on a roll right now and won’t be easily stopped. Fighting for his pro card so that he can participate in his lifelong dream of competing in the AMA Pro Outdoor Motocross Nationals, West is willing to do whatever it takes to make it to the next level. After putting in several great years in a row at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch including clicking off top fifteen overall results, it’s nice to see some of the hard work paying off. Racking up wins and strong finishes at Pro-Am’s nationwide, West has clicked it into gear and he is reaping the benefits for all of the hard working seed that he has sewn. Expect Harrison to continue to kick the door down every chance he gets as he battles his way to the top of the amateur scene and straight into the pro ranks.
85cc- Lance Kobusch
Lance Kobusch has experienced a great deal of success so far in his career and 2015 was no different. The personality filled shredder is taking over the 85 scene…step it up boys! The Monster Energy Kawasaki backed #99 machine got to work with a big Supermini 12-16 win in Daytona at the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. A third place overall in the 85 (12-14) class at Freestone kept the ball rolling and eventually turned into two more titles later in the week stealing first place overall in the 85 (9-13) and Mini Sr. 1 (12-13) divisions. Kobusch was impressive at the Ranch as well, ripping his way to second place overall in Supermini 1 (12-15). Lance decided the win streak shouldn’t end yet, so he made his way out to the Baja Brawl picking up two more huge Supermini 1 and 2 championships. As if that wasn’t enough he stole a championship in the Grass Roots MX Championship and followed it up with a huge win on television at the Monster Energy Cup…yet another clean sweep. Lance…keep killing it!
Women- Brooke Whipple
Brooke Whipple is on the move this year, laying down some of the fastest lap times out of the rest of her fellow WMX cohorts at various events this year. Brooke started 2015 with a big podium finish at the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross event. Brooke’s third place overall in the Women Amateur (12+) was great momentum for what was to come in the future. Most recently, Brooke took the lucky #13 machine to the AMP Pro-Am Dodge California Championship where she worked the competition earning herself an AMA #1 plate for her efforts in the Women’s 14 plus division.
250/450- Sean Cantrell
Sean Cantrell and the Lucas Oil TLD KTM team are creating a lot of buzz in the amateur pits. The #37 pilot is flying through the ranks and continuing his old winning ways once again. Proceeded by a second place overall finish at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship and several championships at Oak Hill, Cantrell stuck it to the intermediate ranks at the California Classic winning every 250 B class known to man…the 250 B Limited, 250 B Modified, and 250 B/C classes. Sean wrapped the year up with top ten finishes at Loretta Lynn’s and at the Monster Energy Cup continuing on the trek to the top of the amateur race scene.
Women- Kaitlyn Morrow
Kaitlyn Morrow has been ripping it up in the Gold Cup Series in preparation for the Mini O’s sliding into first place overall in the Women (14+) class recently. After a big second place finish at the WMX portion of the RCSX in Daytona, Morrow came out to Loretta Lynn’s and put in her best championship fighting effort. Morrow showed amazing speed throughout the week and was in contention several times to make big moves happen. As 2016 approaches, Kaitlyn is ready to finally steal the show, something she has been so close to doing for so long now.
Supermini- Austin Black
Following impressive performances down south in Texas, Austin Black made his way out west for the California Classic. Stepping up to bat in the Supermini 1 (12-15) class, Black earned a cool third place overall. Austin continued to shine throughout the season, pulling it together at Mammoth once again taking second in the Supermini Allstars-16 and logging a slew of other strong rides on the mountain during the week. Fast forward to Loretta Lynn’s National Championships, Austin greased the Supermini 2 (13-16) ranks nearly winning the thing stealing second place overall at the prestigious event adding himself to a long list of Loretta Lynn podium legends. Black put in one of the best rides of his life at the Monster Energy Cup as well, blitzing the Sam Boyd Stadium track in front of a packed house finally finishing up in seventh for the night. Austin Black…remember the name!
65cc- Ryder Difrancesco
Truly a leader in the movement of the youth motocross culture, Ryder Difrancesco is changing the game. With an awesome deal currently in action with KHI and now Jimmy John’s jumping on board, Difrancesco is changing the way the game works. One of the youngest riders currently getting the most out of the industry, Ryder is not only wicked fast yet extremely personable and marketable! Ryder stole the show down in Texas ripping out a 65 (7-9) Limited title at Freestone. The Cali boy made the home state proud baking the competition at the California Classic in the 65 (7-9) Limited and Modified classes stealing two more titles. Ryder pushed it at Loretta’s once again, gripping and ripping his way to the top spot in the 65 (7-9) Limited class and shredding the podium floor up in the process. Expect Difrancesco to cash in big in the future…innovators such as himself refuse to take no for an answer.
250/450- Joey Crown
Metamora, Michigan’s Joey Crown has been flying on his Dunlop treaded Kawasaki machines. Crown’s top five consistency has helped maintain his momentum making him capable of striking for wins at any time. Claiming a hard earned fifth overall at the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross in the 250 B class was just the success needed to propel Joey to the front of the class. At the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship Crown was crowned the 250 B Limited victor. Always a racer to step up to the gate when it counts, Crown slaughtered the Loretta Lynn’s track en route to earning himself a coveted number one plate at the biggest showcase in the amateur motocross industry marking himself in the history books as the 2015 Loretta Lynn 250 B Limited champion
Two-Stroke- Sam Redman
Tennessee local Sam Redman made the home state proud at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch in 2015. Sam Redman battled his heart out in the Hurricane Mills heat gripping his way to a tough fought second place overall finish in the 2-stroke 16+ division. Redman took home another top ten in the College (16-24) class with sixth overall capping off a solid year and nice building block for the Redman crew.
Women- Hannah Hodges
Hannah Hodges is a rare breed… She attacks the track unlike many of her competitors, racing the edges and pushing the limits of both her Supermini machines and the track. Training avidly at MTF and racing aboard top notch Monster Energy Kawasaki equipment, Hannah Hodges has quite a future ahead of her. With moves to the big bike in the near future, things are about to get a little bit more interesting in the Women’s ranks. Hannah regularly competed with (and beat) her fellow racers with a power disadvantage so once the gloves come off and it’s a fair fight expect even bigger things out of Miss Hodges. Hannah’s amazing performance at the Monster Energy Cup aboard her Supermini certainly would be a good one to leave off on…so here’s to Hannah and what’s to come of her opportunity and win filled future…CHEERS!
65cc- Matthew Leblanc
Leblanc…Matthew Leblanc! Chances are you’ve heard this name chanted at a 65 podium near you. Leblanc was extremely impressive during the 2015 season heating things up with wins at last years Mini O’s in both Supercross and motocross in the 65 (7-9) Limited divisions proving his versatility early on to potential sponsors. Matt kept spinning for wins, grabbing one as he made his way through Florida at the RCSX at Daytona. Leblanc’s win in the 65 (7-11) Open class against such a broad range of riders showed again he is and will remain a threat in his respective classes this year as he continues to move through the amateur ranks. As if his long list of wins in 2015 so far wasn’t long enough, he also took home some serious hardware at Loretta Lynn’s stealing himself another 65 (7-11) title only this time at the big dance in Tennessee!
250/450- Tristan Charboneau
Charbz kills it on the track, so it’s no surprise he made his way into this showcase. One of the most stylish and fluent riders on the track, Tristan lays it down! Charboneau experienced a great 2015 season aboard his Honda’s and the future looks brighter than fresh Honda red plastic. Leaving the season with a championship at the Mini O’s last year in the 250 A class as well as another big title at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship in the 450 A division, Tristan looked amazing at Loretta’s as well landing in the fourth overall spot when all was said and done. Tristan’s indoor skills are also on point as proven in the Arenacross series and at the Monster Energy Cup blasting out of Sam Boyd Stadium with fifth overall in Vegas so expect big things regardless of where he lines up!
Schoolboy- Brock Papi
Brock Papi broke off to a great start of the year with a Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C championship at the Millcreek Spring Classic. A podium in Freestone, Texas in the Schoolboy 1 class kept him pushing forward to his next big win of the season in California. The California Classic went great for Papi, locking down third overall in Schoolboy and winning the FMF 2 Stroke Challenge against some blazing fast competitors. Brock pushed it to the limit at once more this time at the Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch. Papi’s third place overall finish in the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C class sealed the deal on an already official year in the Schoolboy ranks.
85cc- Joshua Varize
Joshua Varize is from Perris, California and if you aren’t familiar, consider this your introduction. Backed by Arma, Varize is steadily creeping his way to the top of the 85 and Supermini class. His best result of the year a second place overall finish in the 85 (12-14) Limited class at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship, Varize has made great strides over the past few seasons. Most recently, Varize took his talents to the big show at the Monster Energy Cup where he battled it out with the other Supermini greats and landed himself third place overall.
Women- Jamie Astudillo
Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania’s Jamie Astudillo shook up the Dirty 100 on more than one occasion as she pushed her way into the upper echelon of the Girls Sr. division. Jamie saw great success at Oak Hill, leaving with first overall in the Girls Sr. (12-16) class and second in the Women (14+) classes at the GNC International Motocross Final at Oak Hill. Astudillo shined at Loretta’s as well this year, duking it out with a gate full of eager girls eventually landing herself in the third place overall spot inside of the tough Girls Sr. (12-16) class.
250/450- Austin Forkner
If your name is Austin Forkner…there isn’t much you haven’t won at least once. The newest recruit to Mitch’s Pro Circuit team effort, Forkner is busy putting the finishing touches on a premier amateur career. Among the best amateurs in the business, Austin Forkner and the #214 machine never fail to shine. Winning 250 B championships at Mini O’s, the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross, James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship, Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross, and Loretta Lynn’s all in one year was not easy by any means…but if you ask Austin, he should’ve had a few more in there some how. When you check out his already noted track record, plus another Loretta’s title and a pair of Pro championships he’s added from the Baja Brawl it’s obvious that Austin Forkner is making boss moves. The Greatest Under Major Pressure…that’s the Farmboy! Did we mention he won the Monster Energy Cup…again?
Two-Stroke- Jamison Duclos
Jamison Duclos has been flying this year and making even more of a name for himself. Duclos got the gears grinding with a second place overall start to the year in the 2 Stroke B/C (16+) class at Oak Hill. After negotiating the Loretta’s qualifying process just fine, it was time to take on the Ranch. Jamison finished things up with a solid eighth place overall in Tennessee and headed to Michigan determined to tip the scale and that he did. When the checkers flew at the Baja Brawl, it was none other than Jamison Duclos taking the stiff win in the Two Stroke B/C (16+) class in the tough, rough Baja trenches.
Women- Mackenzie Tricker
Mackenzie Tricker has accomplished a great list of things in an astoundingly short time. Spending heaps of effort and energy with JP$ has boosted her to new heights the past fews seasons. Tricker has won it all while in the states, from WMX events to hare scrambles…the girl shreds on all platforms. Yamaha has something special in Mackenzie and her results are a direct reflection. At the 2015 edition of the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals, Mackenzie handled business once again locking down the national championship in the Women (16+) All-Star class and loading up the jet with tons of goodies to carry back home and hang on the walls.
50cc- Casey Cochran
Cobra’s Casey Cochran hissed and slithered his way past the competition in 2015. Cochran has been on rails, pushing his Cobra 50 to the limit and earning some solid results along the way. Getting an early start to his future Supercross career, Casey whipped his way around the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross track earning second place finishes in the 51 (7-8) Limited class as well as the 51 (4-8) Open classes. Casey came out swinging in Texas, stealing the (7-8) Limited win this time at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship. Cochran took a few other big wins this year along the way too, like a Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship as well as first place overall at the Monster Energy Cup in the KTM Junior SX Challenge. Cochran is on the move…beware folks!
250/450- Brandon Hartranft
Brandon Hartranft reps his city…Brick, New Jersey’s own is going hard on the competition and isn’t showing signs of letting up any time soon. Hartranft has been a threat for a while, however now days if you see or hear the #40 coming…watch out! Brandon refused to lose most of the year, locking down wins or podiums at nearly every major event he attended throughout the 2015 season. Obviously in tune with his Yamaha machines, Hartranft has been at it day in and day out making sure that he leaves South of the Border ready for war every single weekend. Brandon’s dominant win at the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross in the College 16-24 Division was just what Hartranft needed to fire up one of his most solid seasons yet. Brandon continued to lead the way in College 16-24 and the 450 B Limited classes, ripping off two wins in his respective classes at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship. Brandon proved the rest of the year was no fluke, performing huge at the big dance. In front of the entire industry, Brandon navigated his way to the 450 B Limited national title. Brandon’s efforts this season also earned him an invite to compete at the Monster Energy Cup and he appears to have the super cross thing down…watch out at Mini O’s!
Schoolboy- Ramyller Alves
Ramyller Alves and the #222 have been causing a stir for years now. Alves gets dirty on his Yamaha’s, not afraid to hang off the bike and drag a peg or handlebar along the way. Ramyller burst into the top five at Mini O’s in the Schoolboy 1 Limited B/C class labeling himself a contender right away. Another fifth at the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross in the Schoolboy 2 (14-16) class kept the streak of momentum going and at Freestone Rammy finally broke onto the podium stealing third place overall in the 450 B class against some fast company. After a strong qualifying effort, Ramyller wrapped up a banging season with fourth overall at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in the Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C class.
Women- Kylie Fasnacht
Kylie Fasnacht made Florida proud in 2015. Fasnacht earned herself the title of fastest woman in her side of the industry with her recent national title. Kylie’s efforts on and off the tracks are extreme, going for the gusto each and every day. Taking wins in the WMX and the Arenacross series is no small order, something Kylie checked off of the bucket list this season. Also placing second overall at the Mini Olympics and the California Classic, it’s obvious why Fasnacht is helping lead the way for the ladies right now…keep pushing limits Kylie!
85cc- Pierce Brown
Making the transition from 85’s to big bikes full time is Pierce Brown. Brown and his KTM’s have been on the go all year long adding wins to his meticulous resume. Brown’s been winning these things for a while, so it was no surprise when he got things started last season with big wins in the 85 (9-11) classes at Mini O’s. In an effort to prove he means business, Pierce busted through the competition at Freestone earning himself a chance to mingle with the champ James Stewart and a title in the 85 (12-14) Limited class. Pierce recently capped off a very impressive Supermini career at Loretta’s and the Monster Energy Cup. Down in Tennessee, Pierce made the trip out east worth it locking down his final Mini championship with the Mini Sr. 2 (12-14) class now on his list of achievements as well. Now that he is on the bigger bike full time, expect even bigger leaps out of the #63 machine soon!